In a previous post ( Part 1 ) I talked about our water needs on a farm. I have decided that we really need a place with it's own well. Lately we have been thinking about how much land we need. To get an idea of what I needed, I sat down and made a list of what I would want to have. Of course the house and out-buildings, chickens, garden, cattle for milk and meat, fruit and nut trees, and wood for heat and cooking. Now finding a place with trees is not an issue. We live in the Black Hills region of South Dakota, so things to burn in a wood stove is not a concern. Chickens are pretty adaptable and since we would only have a small flock for personal use, again, this is not a concern. Now when we started thinking about cattle this is where we really have to do some researching. We will need a breed that is adaptable to the harsh South Dakota winters and provides both milk and meat. Dexters seem to be exactly what I am looking for. They are a small breed of cattle that requires half the room and feed that an average meat breed (Angus) would need. I have been in contact with a gentleman in my area that raises Dexters. He has invited my family and I to his ranch to see his "girls" up close. I can't wait.
Well, back to the land subject (I always seem to get off track). When I look at our needs, I would feel comfortable looking for a place with about 20 to 30 acres. Half of that would probably need to be cleared, which is something that with hard work and time, we could do ourselves. I have found a couple places within our budget that look like they would fit our needs. We have an appointment with a realtor next week to see a couple places, so in the mean time I will just have to continue researching and hopefully find time to visit my new friend with the Dexters.